Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Is Erupting for the First Time in More Than 4 Decades

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View from Frutillar, southern Chile, showing volcanic lightnings and lava spewed from the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015. Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky near the southern port city of Puerto Montt and triggering a red alert. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Calbuco volcano spewed ash and lava into the skies of southeastern Chile after erupting twice in two days, with the last blast coming Thursday morning. Until this week, Calbuco had been dormant since 1972, and its sudden bursts forced Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to declare a state of emergency and officials to evacuate nearly 4,000 people within a 12-mile radius of the volcano. Calbuco is considered one of Chile’s three most dangerous active volcanoes, and it’s not hard to believe when seeing the amazing images of Calbuco angrily spitting out fire and smoke. Here are some scenes from the volcano and the areas near the blast:

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